Prospect Watch: Bats Make Some Noise in Altoona, West Virginia


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-1, 5.29) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 1.93) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.292) - DNP

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - DNP

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.203) - 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) - 1-for-4, 2B

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 10.24) - DNP


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Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 3.60) – 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.321) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Willy Garcia (2)


Indianapolis was off today.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Harrisburg 4

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 3.60) – 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.321) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.203) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Matt Curry, 1B (.317) – 1-for-3, BB

Duke Welker, RHP (2.79) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kristy Robinson’s live game report.


Box Score

Result: Charlotte 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Daniel Cabrera, RHP (0-1, 1.50) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.218) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Daniel Cabrera made the start tonight for Bradenton, his first start of the year. The right hander was signed over the off-season to a minor league deal, and is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss the entire 2011 season. Porfirio Lopez followed Cabrera with two strong innings. The left-hander now has 12.1 shutout innings in Bradenton this year, allowing ten hits, four walks, and striking out eight. The Marauders’ offense was shut out for the second night in a row. Carlos Paulino had two of the three hits.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Savannah 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (1-1, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, LF (.188) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.260) – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Dan Gamache, 2B (.283) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Junior Sosa, RF (.348) – 2-for-4, SB

Alen Hanson, DH (.402) – 1-for-5, SB

Orlando Castro, LHP (5.68) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson had a bit of a rough outing, giving up two solo homers. He’s now allowed four homers in 20 innings on the season. His other secondary numbers look good, with an 18:8 K/BB ratio, but the homers have led to a 4.50 ERA on the season. The West Virginia offense broke out for an eight run inning in the second. During the inning, Alen Hanson extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Every member of the West Virginia offense recorded at least one hit. Willy Garcia hit his second homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Gregory Polanco stole two bases, giving him nine on the year. Hanson stole one, giving him eight.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 9-10

AA: Altoona Curve – 8-10

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 8-12

A: West Virginia Power – 7-13

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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